Rosa's Thai Café

Restaurants , Thai Spitalfields
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Rosa's Thai Café
Alex Maguire

The original branch of Rosa’s (there are now three more) is located on a thoroughfare between Brick Lane and Spitalfields Market. It plays host to a vibrant young crowd of visiting tourists and local hipsters – you may even spot the odd pooch in a handbag. The dining room is clean and contemporary, with white-tiled walls, bevelled wood panelling and red stools at each of the small tables.

The usual Thai repertoire is executed well: hot and sour tom yam soup was rich with lemongrass, tangy tomato and a generous amount of seafood. Of the recommended dishes, stir-fried slices of European aubergine were coated in a sweet, salty soya and yellow bean sauce, and laced with plenty of ginger and black pepper. In contrast, a salad of chargrilled beef strips in chilli dressing was lacklustre, with celery the prominent flavour.

Rosa’s also does a roaring trade in takeaway coffee, made with Monmouth beans in a swish La Marzocco espresso machine. Service is mostly quick and efficient, but the coffee trade can hold it up on occasion. Drinks include Thai beer and whiskey, plus a handful of wines and east Asian teas.


Venue name: Rosa's Thai Café
Address: 12 Hanbury Street
E1 6QR
Opening hours: Meals served noon-10.30pm Mon-Thur, Sun; noon-11pm Fri, Sat
Transport: Tube: Liverpool Street tube/rail or Shoreditch High Street rail
Price: Main courses £7.50-£15.50
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